Healthy Schools: anxiety

Mindfulness exercises, fact sheets, tips and videos that can help children and young people to relieve the signs of anxiety and restore calm in the classroom

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Understanding anxiety

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  • You can print and give this coping wheel tool to children who need support to cope with worry or signs of anxiety. 
  • These 2 core books could help children understand anxiety:
    • The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside and Frank Rodgers
    • Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival

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  • This lesson plan by Public Health England (external link) will help you to talk about worry. It includes a PowerPoint to show in class as well as activities to do in and out of the classroom.
  • This video can help young people to relate and start a conversation about their feelings of anxiety.

    This 7-minute video: In our own words. Testimonies of adolescents.

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For children and young people

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Returning to school

Separation anxiety can become an issue when it's time to return to school. Here are some resources to help.

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More resources

  • You can find more exercises on our Mindfulness page that could help manage feelings associated with anxiety.
  • Check out our Stress page for resources about exam anxiety.

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Page last updated:

September 21, 2021

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